Daily Archives: August 1, 2009

No Horsing Around in Greenwich Park

NOGOE protester in Blackheath Village
He’s out there in the middle of the traffic island most Saturdays. If you agree with what he’s saying (and you really should), then please go and sign his petition.

I think it’s great that he’s standing up (sitting down) for what he believes in. It reminds me that older people are becoming a serious political threat as the population ages – lots of spare time, combined with their cheap travel around the UK (which may or may not be bankrupting local councils!) is a potent combination.

Just a reminder – this is not Nimbyism – this is about preventing the destruction of some of the oldest and most historic parkland in the UK. (If there was a serious proposal to stick some wind farms up on the heath, the Bugle would be all in favour!)

You can find more info on the NOGOE website – http://www.nogoe2012.com/
We’ve talked about this before – Save Greenwich Park on Facebook, and Not One Tree.

You can also protest directly to the people in charge:
Seb Coe Chairman LOCOG
London 2012 One Churchill Place Canary Wharf London E14 5LN enquiries@london2012.com

Boris Johnson Mayor of London
City Hall, London SE1 2AA mayor@london.gov.uk

Tessa Jowell MP Minister for the Olympics
House of Commons, London SW1A 0A
jowellt@parliament.gov.uk

Lord Moynihan Chairman British Olympic Association
1 Wandsworth Place London SW18 1EH
boa@boa.org.uk

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Fossilised Sharks in Blackheath?

Fossil Shark Teeth (Eocene) from the Blackheath Beds by flickr user RATAEDL
These are a wonderful selection of shark teeth, from the Eocene epoch, dug up from the Blackheath Beds. Not Beaumont Beds (that’s in Lewisham), but according to the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica:

LONDON CLAY, in geology, the most important member of the Lower Eocene strata in the south of England. It is well developed in the London basin, though not frequently exposed, partly because it is to a great extent covered by more recent gravels and partly because it is not often worked on a large scale. It is a stiff, tenacious, bluish clay that becomes brown on weathering, occasionally it becomes distinctly sandy, sometimes glauconitic, especially towards the top; large calcareous septarian concretions are common… The clay has been employed for making bricks, tiles and coarse pottery, but it is usually too tenacious for this purpose except in well-weathered or sandy portions. The base of the clay is very regularly indicated by a few inches of rounded flint pebbles with green and yellowish sand, parts of this layer being frequently cemented by carbonate of lime. The average thickness of the London Clay in the London basin is about 450 ft….. In the eastern part of the London basin in east Kent the pebbly basement bed becomes a thick deposit (60 ft.), forming part of the Oldhaven and Blackheath Beds.

Maybe they are Carcharhiniforme sharks?
Photo by flickr user RATAEDL

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